Josh Barnett Released By UFC
Following a five year career with the UFC, Josh Barnett has been released from his contract.
In a story first reported by MMAJunkie, two anonymous sources within the UFC have confirmed that the heavyweight has been released three months after his exoneration from USADA.
Barnett would fail a USADA out of competition test from December 2016, which would later be reversed by the UFC’s anti-doping partner following an independent arbitrator finding that Barnett unknowingly ingested Ostarine, from a legal supplement he was taking.
Barnett would go on to sue to supplement maker for lose of income and reputation, but would publicly slammed USADA and their results management process. The issues with USADA may be the reason for asking for release from the UFC.
In a statement to ESPN, Barnett would explain that USADA was a major contributing factor to his release.
“It’s true that I have asked for my release and we are discussing the terms now,” Barnett said. “Zuffa [parent company of the UFC] has been fantastic and above-board since I re-signed with the company [in 2013]. Every promise made has been kept and I have no disparaging words for them.”
“After everything I went through with USADA, and my vindication in that case, I don’t feel comfortable giving the control necessary to USADA that would continue my career in the UFC,”
Barnett currently acts as the color commentator for AXS-TV’s coverage of New Japan Pro Wrestling, AXS-TV also features MMA content and may open the door for Barnett to compete.
Original Report: MMA Junkie